”Choose to shine even after all the storms you’ve been through.”
Change can be hard, intimidating and messy. Painful even. However, in order to grow as humans we’ve to change. We’ve to challenge ourselves, and never be afraid of trying new things. Stay open minded – the world is limitless. Stay curious -the world is filled with possibilities. Change is helping you to become the person you’re meant to become.
Rule number 1 – You are not here to make others understand you. You’re here to understand yourself. The more you get to know yourself, the more effortless your life will become. Aristotle once said: ”Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” It’s usually through change that you’ll find your true, authentic self. Change can of course be painless, simple and smooth – especially if you’re the one in charge of the change. Then I believe it’s more about the internal change, in other words; If you want to change what’s going on around you, you’ve to change what’s going on within you.
Still, there will be times when things happen that is beyond your control.
I’ve always had mixed feelings when it comes to change. Deep down I know that change should be regarded as something positive, something taking us further in life, whether it’s good or bad change. However, in reality I often find myself struggling when trying to adapt to things not working out as I’ve planned (*control freak*). There have been big changes happening for me this past year. Difficult changes. Yet, through employing mindful thinking, becoming more present, and learning to let go of having to control the future I’ve learned to embrace uncertainty and accept things simply as they are – worrying doesn’t take away tomorrows troubles, it takes away today’s peace.
Within a month I’ll be moving and today I realised that the name of the building I’m moving into is ”pilen”- arrow in english.
”An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
That’s a sign, I just know it!
And isn’t life all about constantly evolving, growing and striving to be the best version we can be? To be able to challenge the mind, and not be afraid of questioning the traditional way of thinking? It’s never too late for anything; to learn a new skill, to think differently, to become more positive, confident or successful. Old ways won’t open new doors. Darling, open the door, although you don’t know what will meet and great you on the other side. Live a little.
This summer I suddenly had this epiphany that I’ve to start painting. And believe me when I say; I’ve never been good at painting, and I really sucked at it at school. Nevertheless, my gut feeling told me that ”Linda you need to start painting”, and as you might know I have a strong intuition, and I’ve learned to listen to it more and more the past year. I finally decided to give this painting-thing a try, and instantly my soul made a somersault.
Painting is better than anything I’ve done before. It’s meditative, relaxing, imaginative, fun and soul awakening – it’s absolutely mind blowing (and I don’t exaggerate, not even a little). It suits my soul perfectly; my soul and painting = like two peas in a pod.
I think that everything I’ve been through lately has taken me to were I am at the moment; I’m more aware, more mindful, and a more creative human. Less afraid. I listen to my intuition, and I’ve begun to trust in the magic of new beginnings. Of course I’ve days when everything feels difficult and I just wan’t to feel sorry for myself, days when I feel anxious and terrified of the future. However, these feeling won’t last for long since I’ve learned to listen to them, accept them, but most importantly I’ve learned to let them go.
Know, that whatever hardship you’re going through at the moment it will eventually bring you to were you belong.